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Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon Training Week 15: Not Giving Up

I have to admit I have been pretty down about my training lately. Everything was going so well and I was seeing so many improvements and then out of no where I experienced injury after injury. First it was my buttcheek (piriformis), then my back (probably related to piriformis) and now my IT band, all due to quads being too strong compared to other muscles.

Looking back at last weeks training and I am actually not too disappointed. I was able to run 3 days, 2 races and all pretty decent runs. I am feeling the effects of not running as much now. Mentally, I am cranky. Physically, I am getting tired quicker and having a hard time holding my paces.

Sunday: Glass City 1/2 marathon
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: 45 mins elliptical
Wednesday: 2 miles in the morning (test run), 45 mins elliptical, 8 miles after work
Thursday: 50 mins on the elliptical
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Hermes 10 miler (the Puke and PR story)

Finisher Medal from the 10 Miler

Total Mileage: 33.10 miles

What is most important now is resting and staying sane. I hate resting, so I can’t tell you how hard it has been. I put in some good work early on and just hoping that my body will remember that and it will kick on race day. This week I am on a “no run plan.” I am resting my legs and letting the IT band heal. Saturday I am doing the Indy Mini (1/2 marathon) and after that I think I am back to the “no run plan.”

Anyone else notice mood changes when they can’t run?

Cleveland Marathon is 19 days away!!!!

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Week 11 of Training

This is my highest mileage week in a long time. My legs were a little tired and sore but really missed the feeling of high mileage. I was pretty optimistic about my training this week….until I ran the half marathon….we’ll get to that in a moment.

Monday: 10 miles on the treadmill

Tuesday: Speedwork 3-1 miles @6:58, 6:59 and 6:57, 2 800’s @3:13 and 3:15, 3 400’s @ 1:23, 1:22 and 1:22. I skipped an 800 because I was running hard and thought I was going to puke, awesomesauce.

Wednesday: 8 miles @ a 8 min mile pace, baller

Thursday: Speedwork 2-1 miles @ 6:50 and 6:48, 3 800s @ 3:18, 3:13 and 3:10,  3 400s @ 1:25, 1:20 and 1:18

Friday: Rest Day/Indians Home Opener!

Saturday: Spring touch football league (we lost horribly!)

Sunday: Half Marathon (13.5 miles?) + 1.5 mile warm up + 3 miles=18 miles

Total Mileage: 49

If you haven’t noticed my speed work has been going really well and I am getting faster every week, yay, go me! I have been seeing some huge improvements in that area, will have to keep up the good work. So with my speedwork going so well I expected to run a decent half marathon on Sunday, not a PR just something decent. I felt good while running the race and was slightly behind on my pace but didn’t think my time was going to be as bad as it was when I crossed the finish line. I am trying to keep in mind that the course was 13.5 and not 13.1 but even then I am still down 😦

I am even more down because all of my races lately have been slower than what I used to run. Makes me highly frustrated to put in the work and not see the results.

My apologies to my readers about being a downer. I blame it on the bad races, lack of comedy shows (why were they all repeats this week,umm hello, I need my fix of HIMYM, The Office, Parks and Rec, etc.), the fact that it is warm but raining today makes me cranky and the fact that I cannot remember the last time I had meat. I am pretty sure it has been at least 2 weeks, who am I? Someone get me a cheeseburger stat!

On a positive note, I have a 10 miler this weekend and I hope to rock the socks off that race (anger makes me run faster) and Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory comes back on tonight.

Fact: I have a mad crush on Rob Dyrdek

Source

Please tell me I am not alone on this crush. The guy has a fantasy factory, umm hello, winning!

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I’m Giving Up

It’s that time of year again where I give up something for Lent. I surprisingly thought pretty hard about this because 40 days is a long time to be without something. Every year I try to give up something unhealthy or something that I am addicted to. In years past I gave up such things as cookies, pancakes, fast food, maraschino cherries and sour cream. Hmm, basically I gave up a food item every year….well let’s not break tradition. This year I am giving up pop. I usually only drink diet anyways but it’s still not good for you. Hopefully, by giving up pop for lent I will stick with it and give it up for a lot longer.

I am a Pepsi fan but I guess Coke is ok too

I also have a bit of road rage and am going to give up honking my horn when I am mad at other drivers. I will not give up calling them a douche bag.

What are you giving up for Lent?

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Inspiration In Weird Places

Perhaps you’ve noticed there is something wrong. By now I should have posted Week 7 of training. And yet I have not posted it. Since I have not been able to run there has been no training. It feels like it has been forever since I went for a run….it’s been 10 days so yeah pretty much forever in my book.

I admit I am probably pretty cranky at this point and I encourage avoiding me. For your own safety that is…..

I was seriously considering bumping down to the half marathon instead of the full this year if it wasn’t for the inspiration I receive from my cough drops. Umm yep I said cough drops. They come with little messages like the following:

“You got it in you”
“Keep your chin up”
“Go get it”
“Elicit a few “wows” today.”
“March forward”
“Power Through!”
“Let’s hear your battle cry”
“Put a little strut in it”
“Hi-five yourself”
“Bet on yourself”
“Conquer today!”
“Be Unstoppable”
“Dust off and get up”
“Tough is your middle name.”
“Be resilient”

Picture was taken from my phone so you probably can't even read this

So I have decided this is the last day I will be sick, that when I wake up tomorrow that I will feel better and my cough will go away and I will not have a mini asthma attack every time I laugh. Take that sickness, I’m taking over! Booya!